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Helicopter landing on USS Triton

What IS Right With America? Our History on the High Seas
Today, February 16, marks the day that the USS Triton embarked on Operation Sandblast. It was the first time that a submarine circumvented the entire globe submerged for the entire journey. The Triton was a nuclear-powered submarine which was nicknamed, “The Big T.” Only a few on board realized the nature of the historic mission. During the mission Saunders Peak, and undersea mountain, was discovered. They followed Magellan’s course, and completed the journey in 83 days, 18 hours, and 56 minutes. The same trip took Magellan over two years. The mission provided a concrete demonstration of the United States’ naval prowess during negotiations between President Eisenhower and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchew. President Eisenhower awarded the Triton the Presidential Unit Citation. The photo attached documents Captain Beach, the Triton’s captain, about to be transferred by helicopter to the White House
You can watch a cool, and very detailed, youtube video of the expedition on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-KZ7-KlxlM. I love the enthusiasm with which the narrator, Col. John D. Craig, talks about the mission!

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